The Materials Analysis, Testing, and Fabrication (MATFab) Facility brings together cutting-edge instruments for the physical sciences and engineering into one convenient location on campus. 

Mission:  Our mission is to empower innovation and discovery in science and engineering by providing advanced fabrication and characterization of natural and engineered materials.

Vision:  To be the premier facility for materials fabrication and characterization in the Midwest by offering state-of-the-art capabilities, technical expertise, and educational opportunities.

Values: Provide high quality data, technical support, and training for our users in a timely and professional fashion.

The MATFab facility houses instrumentation for chemical and elemental analysis, imaging, metrology, and micro and nanofabrication. Chemical and elemental analysis gives information about the composition of materials, while imaging capabilities allow us to, in some cases, map elemental and chemical composition spacially. Our fabrication facility is housed in 1500 square feet of clean room space, and has deposition and etching tools for building small structures at the micro and nanoscale, with applications in LEDs, semiconductors, microfluidics, and more. Our imaging and metrology equipment allow detailed characterization of the properties engineered into these materials. 

The MATFab facility is staffed by professional scientists with backgrounds in chemistry, engineering, geoscience, and physical sciences that allow us to meet research needs across many disciplines. The facility is housed on the ground level of IATL in the following rooms: 170, 172, 174, 196, and 198. For more information, please email us at  If you would like to talk to a specific MATFab staff member, please visit the  Contact Us page